I’ve Run into a Brick Wall . . .

Of my own choosing. That’s right.

This was my choice.

I needed some strong physical divider between this terrace and the rest of the World. A separator that would not only knock out the view that direction, but would also stop others from peeking in.

To top things this wall screamed aesthetics! . . . I need aesthetics!

A wall to do many things

  • A Divider
  • A Separator/privacy
  • A Definer of space-a clear definer of space
  • Aesthetics-the wall is an integral aspect of the backyard terrace, very up close and personal to those that live there and those guest who would be in close proximity.
  • Given the site, and the position of the clients, there is/was/will always be a need for classical and timeless design. In other words, this hardscape would fail badly if it was trendy, or constructed of the material of the week.

So it could not just be a brick wall, no it has to be more

Brick Patio Wall

[Drawn on a B&W image from my original color photo]

The above rendering was my 4th or 5th sketch of the area. I had drawn the previous sketches on trash, formulated an idea or two and decided to draw directly onto the image copy.

The client will not see this drawing. I am going to do one more in color. Something fairly loose, and flowing yet it will the the story to the client about the possibilities for this patio space.

That’s why I am done writing now, it’s almost 1:00am and time to go back to work.


Addendum: As a Designer I have found my most creative hours are between 10:00pm and 2:00am, that’s when I draw my absolute best stuff.

This is probably a very good reason why I have failed miserably working for someone else-they do not seem to understand these hours.

Owners like to see their Designers chained to their desk; 7:00am sharp, and ready to go out in the field at a moments notice and solve emergencies. Heck I’m still sleeping or am stumbling around after my 5 or 6 hours of sleep.

So it’s good between 7:00 and 10:00pm and awesome between 10:00pm and 2:00am.

If you’re a designer, or work in another field where creativity is important, what are you’re best hours, and add in if you are self-employed or not. leave a comment, or drop me an e-mail.

I gotta go-time’s a wastin’.

By Rick Anderson

The Whispering Crane Institute was originally formed to act as the umbrella organization for the Philosophy of Design Symposium, and other seminars and workshops given by Rick Anderson and Richard L. Dube’. In the year 2000 WCI became a sole proprietorship owned by Rick Anderson. Today the WCI provides design and consultation services for Landscape Contractors, acts as a Green Industry think tank, and provides training for others in the form of workshops, seminars, and individual consulting. The WCI also provides written material, opinions, case-studies and how-to articles for industry trade magazines.

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